A RURAL inn near the shores of Loch Awe in Argyll is creating jobs and eyeing expansion under hospitality sector operators Philip Carr and Philippa Pedley.

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Kilchrenan Inn, which was an 18th-century trading post, was leased earlier this year by the business partners’ MTM Hospitality venture to house a new gastropub and hotel, with funding support from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Royal Bank said five new jobs would be created at the inn “for the surrounding community”.

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It highlighted the new operators' aim of “significantly growing the business and its turnover, and offering high-quality food, drinks and accommodation to the local area and visiting tourists”.

The bank noted the funding package, the exact size of which was not disclosed, would also be used to finance start-up costs.

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Kilchrenan director Mr Carr said: “We were looking to move to the area...and found the Kilchrenan Inn to be an ideal business venture for us. Not only is it located within a picturesque rural location, offering stunning views of the countryside, but it had huge potential to be a go-to destination for tourists and locals to enjoy.

“We have exciting growth plans for the business, including the creation of new jobs...and look forward to the future of the Kilchrenan Inn.”

Alan McNair, relationship manager at Royal Bank, said: “Philip and Pip have a real drive to succeed, and their track record in the hospitality industry will have an incredibly positive impact not only on running and operating the inn itself, but on the surrounding community, via job creation and offering a high-quality service to residents and visitors.”